The Leopard Crawl MTB is a unique one day event, taking place in the spectacular Little Karoo for the 15th time, on 03 February 2018. The 12.5km trail run is a new asset to the event.
Not only do riders and runners get a close up view of working ostrich farms, but also get the opportunity to enter the training area of the Infantry School. This brings back good memories for many people who underwent training here.
The entries increase every year and the reason for that is because this is an event for the whole family. The Leopard Crawl caters for all levels of fitness from the not fit at all to the serious rider.
The Leopard Crawl is well known for being one of the best organized one day events in the Little Karoo with brilliant scenery and water points.
The 72 km (without Gongani's Kop) is the route for the rider that loves a challenge. Almost 40 km of this event takes place in the training area of the Infantry School. Almost 80% of this is Jeep track, crossing rifle shooting ranges, mortar practice areas and beautiful surroundings.
The 32 km outside the Infantry School goes through farmlands and you will pass historical farms like Greylands, De Zeekoe, Safari and the Ostrich Palace, Welgeluk.
There are three marvellous water points on the 72 km. The first at 26 km, second at 47 km and the last at 59 km.
The 45 km route also goes through the training area of the Infantry School and joins the 72 km about 8 km before the second water point at Greylands. From there they follow the same route.
The 18 km is an easy route for the beginner. It joins the 72 km and 45 km at the last water point about 13 km before the end.
Eden XCM Series
All the MTB events form part of the Eden XCM Series and give riders the opportunity to score points early in the year.
The 12.5km Trail Run will give runners the best of both single track and jeep track with two water points every 4km. A camelback is not compulsory but highly recommended. Only 200 runners will be allowed to enter.
For the family there is a 13 km and 5 km fun ride as well as a 5 km walk.
At the end there is a Carnival Atmosphere awaiting the riders, with food stalls and shade under the trees.
The Leopard Crawl is a family event for the weekend. Oudtshoorn has a lot of tourist attractions like the Cango Caves, Ostrich Farms and the Cango Wildlife Ranch.